Thursday, Sept 18, 2014

 

“That’s me in the corner. That’s me in the spotlight. Losing my religion.” So sang Michael Stipe in a song dissected from every angle by rock journalists for whatever hidden meaning was intended. Whatever, be certain of one thing: don’t lose your religion. That’s the conclusion of a recent report according to the Association of Religion Data Archives. In a published report some interesting facts were revealed regarding parents with spiritual faith. According to research presented to the Association for the Sociology of Religion by Baylor sociologist Jeremy Uecker and Samuel Stroope of Louisiana State University:

  • Daily prayer reduces stress for married mothers.
  • Single mothers who attended religious services weekly were more likely than those who rarely or never attend services to strongly agree they are happy in their role as a parent.
  • Fathers who said religion is important were more likely to strongly agree they are happy in their role as a parent
  • Religion can be a positive influence on parenting, providing a resource for a less stressful and more joyful parenthood.

This isn’t exactly rocket science, but it is backed up by hard research. The message? If you want to be a happy parent, get religion, and don’t lose it!

 


An encouraging word:  GOD IS A REFUGE

Did you ever feel like you wanted to run and hide from someone or something? The Psalmist David did. He was trying to escape his own internal struggles and the torment of real, live enemies. “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9).  What comfort knowing that God is our ultimate safe harbor, a place of hope and security. If you are looking for a way out of whatever you’re facing, alcohol, sex, drugs, and whatever numbs the pain isn’t the answer. A refuge is a place to hide from it all until you’ve figured it out, with God’s help. If today is a “time of trouble,” run to the Lord who will provide a way of escape until the storm passes.


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